For outdoorsy travelers, winter in Boston is no reason to stay inside. In fact, this may be the best time to visit. A snowy backdrop and brisk temperatures are simply an excuse to bundle up and enjoy all that the city has to offer. For those looking for activities that shine when the snow starts to fall, read on for the top 8 things to do in Boston during the winter months.
Open daily during the winter (typically November through March), the Frog Pond has skate rentals, skating lessons, and even "skating seals" (really cute seal-shaped balance aids for skating newbies). And if you're thoroughly chilled, the on-site Frog Pond Café has warm-your-bones comfort food and drinks, including mac and cheese, soup, and hot chocolate.
They even light up the trails at night, so you can join fellow night owls (literal and figurative) for wintry explorations against the backdrop of a starry sky. 03 of 09 Photo courtesy Nonanet via Flickr Creative Commons After a big storm, there's (almost) no limit to where you can go snowshoeing in Boston.
Don't have your own snowshoes? Check out local outfitters who rent both snowshoes and cross-country skis, then get moving. 04 of 09 Photo courtesy Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism via Flickr Creative Commons Nothing makes me feel like a kid again than a good, old-fashioned sledding afternoon. After a big Boston snowstorm, you'll see locals and visitors alike making tracks for Flagstaff Hill on the Boston Common, where the winter sleds are as colorful and plentiful as summer kites.
Continue to 5 of 9 below. 05 of 09 Photo courtesy gGraphy via Flickr Creative Commons A thrilling snow tubing afternoon can be the best antidote to cabin fever. Head an hour north to Amesbury to New England Sports Park for a day of zipping down their gigantic hill at breathtaking speed.
There's also an on-site pub with a rollicking stereo system that gets piped outdoors. 06 of 09 Violet Smirnova / TripSavvy If it's simply too cold out to enjoy the outdoors, head to one of Boston's most popular museums. From the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and Children's Museum, to the Museum of Science and Institute of Contemporary Art, there is something for everyone. Things To Do In Boston In Winter.
09 of 09 Seaport via Facebook New to Boston in 2019, the Seaport neighborhood opened their Snowport, a Winter Village in partnership with Fjällräven and the Capital One Café. Here you'll find a 3,000 square foot ice skating rink and other activities like yoga, iceless curling and fresh waffles from The Waffle Cabin.
Yes folks, it’s officially winter. We’re sure you got the memo as you dug your car out of a pile of snow in sub-zero temperatures the other day, but in case you didn’t we had our first big snowstorm of the season on Sunday. We know you want to hunker down at home and hibernate for the season (we do too) but if you find yourself a tourist here in winter or a local getting a little stir-crazy and looking for some fun activities to keep you occupied in Beantown then we’ve got you covered.
Or all three. Especially when it’s spiked (see #11). *wink* Photo Credit: The Langham Hotel Cozy up around an elegantly set table at The Langham Hotel for a wintery spin on the classic afternoon tea. Their snowflake tea menu includes tea sandwiches, cream scones with jam, and an assortment of pastries that have been kissed by the winter season, and of course a pot of tea too.
Don’t mind if we do. Just because tour season is technically on pause doesn’t mean the rules can’t be bent just a little. Bites of Boston Food Tours is available to host private group food tour experiences for your group during the winter. Bundle up and enjoy a visit to one of Boston’s most tasty neighborhoods in the company of a knowledgeable and friendly local guide – a great idea for a family fun day, company outing, or other celebration! Note: Regularly scheduled neighborhood food tours in the South End, Allston, and Chinatown will start again in March.
This public courtyard in the heart of Union Square used to be a storage building but is now comprised of over 30 independent food, art, and retail shops. Come support these artesian vendors and fill your belly and bags with all the amazing things they have to offer. Photo Credit: @grrlhauscinema via Instagram A neighborhood institution in Harvard Square, the Brattle Theatre has been showing films since 1953 - Things To Do In Boston In Winter.
Winter is allllll about the hot chocolate. All day every day. L.A. Burdick is the perfect getaway from the frigid winter temperatures. Sit inside and savor the best hot chocolate you will ever taste. It is thick and rich and full of flavor. They offer various chocolate varieties from different countries that all have unique flavor profiles – just like coffee does.
The Bruins practices are open to the public and their schedule is posted on the Warrior Ice Arena website. It’s crazy how close you can get to the players, for FREE. It’s a lot of fun watching them joke around with each other and have some fun at practice. Photo Credit: Boston Sailing Center Okay, so we think this is outrageous too.
Whether you consider this a bit of comic relief or a great suggestion for a winter activity, know that Frostbite Sailing exists on Boston Harbor and is there for you if you want to participate. One of our favorite winter activities is mixing our fitness with booze.
You can find a list of breweries offering yoga on Eventbrite; and most classes include one beer in their ticket price. Nama-stay-thirsty - Things To Do In Boston In Winter. Photo Credit: Taza Chocolate Factory Taza is a local chocolate company based out of Somerville. They make chocolate the old fashioned stone ground way, and it’s goooooood. The texture is slightly gritty but that gives it character, and the taste is incredible.
Photo Credit: Boston Harbor Distillery There’s nothing better to warm you up during the frigid winter months then a glass of whiskey. It’s a fact that we can’t refute. Boston Harbor Distillery is the ideal place to spend an afternoon warming up. Visit their cabin-like cocktail bar filled with a wood and brick interior to enjoy some spirits with your friends or family.
Formaggio Kitchen is a stop on our Sweet & Savory South End Tour and they are the perfect place to head for a winter blues pick-me-up. Photo Credit: ImprovBoston Knock, knock.Who’s there?Jokes…that are a lot better then this one. Visit ImprovBoston for a show. Everyone could use some laughter in their day! And clearly we’re not the ones with the jokes.